Champions League: Ronaldo Starts As Juventus, Ajax Release Line-ups

Champions League: Ronaldo Starts As Juventus, Ajax Release Line-ups

Cristiano Ronaldo. Source: Twitter

Cristiano Ronaldo has made the Juventus starting line-up for Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final, first leg against Ajax in Amsterdam after returning from injury.

The coach of the Italian champions Massimiliano Allegri had confirmed on Tuesday that Ronaldo would be back for the game at the Johan Cruyff Arena after recovering from a thigh injury suffered playing for Portugal last month.

The Portugal forward has not appeared for Juve since netting a hat-trick in their 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid last month which took them through to the quarter-finals 3-2 on aggregate, missing four Serie A games in the process.

That is one of four changes from the Juve side that started last Saturday’s 2-1 win over AC Milan in Serie A, with Joao Cancelo, Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi also coming in.

Paulo Dybala is one of those dropping to the bench, with 19-year-old sensation Moise Kean also a substitute.

Veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini is out injured for the two-time European Cup winners, who defeated Ajax on penalties in 1996 final.

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag makes one change to his team compared to the starting line-up in their 4-1 win away to holders Real Madrid in the last 16, second leg.

Right-back Noussair Mazraoui is suspended, so Joel Veltman replaces him.

Starting line-ups for the Champions League quarter-final, first leg between Ajax and Juventus at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Wednesday (kick-off 1900 GMT):

Ajax (4-3-3)

Andre Onana; Joel Veltman, Matthijs de Ligt (capt), Daley Blind, Nicolas Tagliafico; Donny van de Beek, Lasse Schoene, Frenkie de Jong; Hakim Ziyech, Dusan Tadic, David Neres

Coach: Erik ten Hag (NED)

Juventus (4-3-3)

Wojciech Szczesny; Joao Cancelo, Leonardo Bonucci, Daniele Rugani, Alex Sandro; Rodrigo Bentancur, Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi; Federico Bernardeschi, Mario Mandzukic (capt), Cristiano Ronaldo

Coach: Massimiliano Allegri (ITA)

Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP)


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Donatus Anichukwueze is a journalism graduate from the Lagos State University, School of Communication. He's a writer with special interest in technology, sports, entertainment and politics. He's also a true and true Chelsea FC fan.


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